Feature Dec / Jan 2020: Full Sus quick guide to Bike Parks around SA

By no means the definitive guide to bike parks in SA but it certainly will give you great options wherever your journey takes you over the summer holidays.

 

GAUTENG

Cradle Bike Park

Where: 520 Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp 1739
Website: http://www.thatchcafe.co.za/#bike-park
Contact details: T: 071 812 8406 |
Opening times: Monday – Friday 08h00 – 16h00, Weekend and Public Holidays: 08h00 – 17h00
Rider rates: Under 12 – R60, 12 and over – R80
Food and beverage: The Thatch Café
Equipment hire: Bike and Helmet Hire | Basic bike repair service
Tracks: Variety of tracks available for different ages/skill sets
USP: At the entrance to Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve

 

PwC Bike Park

Where: 1A Libertas Street, off Sloane Street, Bryanston 2069
Website: www.bikepark.co.za
Contact details: T: 083 725 2453
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 06:00 -18:00
Rider rates: All rates are day rates – Adult: R80 – Child (Under 15) R60 – Night rider R50 (special events only) – Spectator R20 / day. Memberships available
Food ans beverage: Fixies Restaurant
Equipment hire: Bike and Helmet Hire
Tracks: Variety of tracks available for different skills. Pump and jump tracks also available.
USP: Trails built by Hylton Turvey – SA’s leading MTB course designer and builder, Cycle lab skills area – Kids parties – and a kids track – Braai facilities

 

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Buffelsdrift MTB Park

Where: Buffelsdrift, Pretoria 0130
Website: http://buffelsdriftmtb.co.za/
Contact details: T: 083 269 0841 | Email: info@buffelsdriftmtb.co.za
Opening times: Summer: Wednesday – Friday 08:00-18:00 | Sat & Sun 06:00-18:00 – Winter: Wednesday – Friday 08:00-18:00 – Sat & Sun 07:00-18:00
Rider rates: Tickets must be purchased before 12:00 at the office -Adult: R55 per day – Kids (under 12): R10 per day – Annual adult membership: R658 – Annual children (12-18): R500 Annual pensioners: R500
Food and beverage: Coffee shop Weekdays 08:00-12:00 | Weekends 07:30-14:00
Equipment hire: Yes
Tracks: Six trails available of different levels |7km – 50km | mix of singletrack, jeeptrack, fun climbs and fast downhill.
USP: Great wildlife spot – park is within a nature reserve – Floating bridge

 

Modderfontein Ride Free Bike Park

Where: Modderfontein Nature Reserve, Aarden Road, Modderfontein, East Rand, Gauteng
Website: https://www.modderfonteinreserve.co.za/
Contact details: T: 011 608 3535
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 06:00-18:00
Rider rates: FREE
Food and beverage: Dobbs House Restaurant
Equipment hire: Bike Hire
Tracks: Four different tracks ranging from 10-42km
USP: 24hr security – Chill zone – Night ride every Wednesday from 18:00-22:00

 

The Big Red Barn

Image Credit: Tharien Coetzee

Where: 7 Nelson Road, Olifantsfontein, Johannesburg 1666
Website: www.thebigredbarn.co.za
Contact details: T: 078 343 6939 (08:00-16:00)
Opening times: Winter (May to September): Monday – Sunday 06:45-16:30 | Summer (September to April: 06:00-17:30
Rider Rates: Adults: R50 per person/per ride – Children (under 12) R30 per person/per ride | Pensioners and students R40 per person/per ride – Adult annual R450 – Children (Under 12) annual R625| Multiple tickets discount: 10 tickets R450 | 20 tickets R800 VENUE DOES NOT TAKE CASH
Food and beverage: The Big Red Bard Restaurant (Tuesday – Sunday 08:30 – 16:30)
Equipment hire: Adult dual suspension R220/bike for three hours, helmet included (R800 deposit mandatory)
Children’s Bikes: From R100 – R150 for three hours, helmet included (R200 deposit madatory)
Tracks: Tracks available for beginners to advanced (Graded as per International Mountain Bike Association). All trails are designed and built by Dominic Cullinan.
USP: Park is completely fenced – Monitored by security guards at weekend – Kids parties

 

Wolwespruit MTB and Trail Park

Where: 501 Jochemus Street, cul de sac, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, Gauteng
Website: www.wolwespruit.co.za
Contact details: info@wolwespruit.co.za
Opening times: Monday – Friday 05:30-18:30 | Saturday – Sunday 05:30-18:00 | Night riding (Tuesday only) 18:00-21:00
Rider rates: Entrance fee R40 – Yearly MTB membership R720 (price correct at time of print)
Food and beverage: Pltfrm Restaurant
Equipment hire: Bike rental
Tracks: From beginner to advance | 23KM MTB singletrack | 300m climbing |
USP: One of the largest pump tracks – Skills clinic – A jump line – Night riding on Tuesday – Bike shop on site | Group training classes – Cryo Recovery – Sports injury rehabilitation centre – Kids Parties

 

WESTERN CAPE

Uitsig Bike Park

Where: Constantia Uitsig Wine Farm, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town 7806
Website: www.bikeparkuitsig.co.za
Contact details: T:081 833 4488 | Email: bikeparkuitsig@gmail.com
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 08:00-18:00
Rider rates: R65 per day or R850 per year. R40 off peak (Between 8am-9am daily) No spectator fees.
Food and beverage: On the farm
Equipment hire: Bike repair facilities
Tracks: Designed by Downhill World Champion, Chris Nixon offering a variety of tracks from beginner to expert, totalling 2.8km
USP: Rock garden – Suspension bridge – Bike barn – hideout for spectators -Dual slalom race track – Party hire

 

Greyton Genadendal MTB

Where: Greyton 7233
Website: www.ggmtb.com
Contact details: (T) 082 399 0395
Opening times: All year round
Rider rates: Day permits R50 | Annual permits R480
Food and beverage: The Hub and Spoke Trail Head
Equipment hire: Bike Hire as well as Bike mechanic available
Tracks: A variety of trails available with different lengths and suitable for a variety of skill sets
USP: Right outside Greyton village which has a variety of shops, B&Bs and restaurants. Breath-taking mountain views – Brand new trail head

 

Hazendal Family MTB Park

Where: Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch WC
Website: https://www.hazendal.co.za/family-mtb-park/
Contact details: (E) adrian@trail-blazers.co.za (T) 072 852 8272
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 08:00 – 17:00 (closed Christmas Day)
Rider rates: Tickets available at Bike Park Office| Day Rate R50 per person with a bike – Non-riding family members are free | Annual permit R300
Food and beverage: Babushka Deli
Equipment hire: No
Tracks: Designed for riders of all ages and abilities. Includes a pump track, flow trail, skills trail, kiddies skills trail and more.
USP: The variety of trails available covers the needs of everyone, there are designed areas for skills testing and balance control. A family park – Play area for non-cycling kiddies – can also be booked for
private parties.

 

KWAZULU-NATAL

Cascades MTB Park

Where: Cascades Crescent 11, Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg 3231 KZN
Website: https://www.facebook.com/CascadesMtbPark/
Contact details: (T) 082 776 1101
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 08:00-18:00 | Sunday 09:00-17:00
Rider Rates: Free to visit and ride all year
Food and beverage: Yes, café in the park
Equipment hire: No
Tracks: A variety of trails suitable for all levels of riders. Trails are built and maintained by the volunteer organization, The KXN MTB Comission.
USP: Near a shopping centre so easy access and lots of parking – Very good downhill track – Free to use and open all year round

 

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park

Words and Images by Brett Fourie
Where: 110 Stockville Road, Westmead, KZN 3610
Website: www.gibagorge.co.za
Contact details: (T) 031 769 1419 | (E) info@gibagorge.co.za
Opening times: Wed and Fri 07:00 – 20:00 | Thurs and Sat – Tuesday 07:00 – 17:00
Rider rates: Adult R70 per day | R85 per month | R1020 per year – Child (under 12) R40 per day | R50 per month | R600 per year | Non-rider R10 – Pensioners R40 per day |R50 per month | R600 per year
Food and beverage: Afros Chicken and Pizza Club
Equipment hire: Bike and Helmet Hire
Tracks: BMX and singletracks offered for a variety of skill levels
USP: Suitable for families – Great picnic spot – Horse riding available – Cycling club offered – Parties / Functions can be booked

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